(Closed) Non sandals $3000 budget ideas??

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Club Med has a place in Turks & Caico.  In May we paid about 1500 w/air from L.A.X.  Adults only.  Relaxing.  Not much to do on the island but the resort has different activities.  I just didn’t like the booking process.  For example, if we wanted to sign up for windsurfing lessons we had to do so at a certain time of the day to get the lessons 2 days from when we sign.  Usually the sign up window is in the morning.  Well being divers, we would always miss that window, cuz we were out diving.  That sucked!

Post # 4
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011


We booked out Honeymon at the Iberostar Grand in Montengo Bay Jamaica for $3,063. It includes adult only, limited access resort, flight, a private butler, 6 days 5 nights, oceanview room with balcony, fridge stock with our favorite alc and non alc beverages, gourmet meals, drinks, access to all 7 resturants + access to the 2 other less exclusive resorts that  Iberostar owns that are down the street  and all their pools and restaurants. I can give you our agent’s name for everyone I refer we get $50 bucks so I am glad to help out and glad to get $50 lol.

Post # 7
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Fiance and I went to the Riu on Paradise Island in the bahamas for a long weekend.

It is an all inclusive resort with FANTASTCI views. Here’s the view from our balcony:


It was next door to the Atlantis hotel so we could go over there to wander the grounds/go to the casino. But then come back to our hotel for food/drinks and not pay exorbitant Atlantis prices since all was included at our resort.

Post # 10
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Just a heads up that you might want to look at carribean destination that have less issues with tropical storms as you will be there for hurricane season.

The “ABC” islands, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, are considered to be out of the main hurricane zone. Trinidad and Tobago are also south of the hurricane belt and rarely get hit.

west and south can give you a better shot of avoiding a hurricane if one does happen to hit that time of year.  I would strongly advise trip insurance for this time of year – it is worth it if the place you are going does happen to get hit by a hurricane before you go! or while you are there! 🙂  Then you can always make up your vacation and not be out all of your money.

October is also a great time to visit hawaii!


Post # 11
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I also meant to say cheapcarribean.com is a great resource for finding a lot of ‘all inclusive’ options on every island.  I have never booked through them, but at least a nice easy searchable resource!

Post # 12
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you checked out Secrets Resorts or their sister resort Dreams?

I went to a Secrets resort for my hm and I love it. I spend $2300 for 7 days at Secrets Silversand (included airfare from Seattle.)  Then spend extra for professional photos at the resort and 3 offsite excursions.  Yeah, so in all, we spent about $3K.

Check out cheapcarribean.com  I used them to book my hm and if I go again, I would definitely use them again.

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